Sep 21, 2021 - Technology

Facebook expands Portal line with a portable version

Facebook's new Portal+ and Portal Go video-chat devices
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Facebook is adding a portable model to its line of Portal video-chat devices, while also introducing a slimmer version of its high-end Portal+ model and expanding the business uses of the products.

Why it matters: Facebook has seen strong demand for Portal as the pandemic has made video chat a mainstream application for education, work and family communication.

What's new:

  • The $199 Portal Go has a 10-inch display, battery and integrated handle, allowing it to be easily moved around the home and beyond.
  • An updated Portal+ features a 14-inch tilting display and is priced at $349.
  • Both models will begin shipping Oct. 19, with pre-orders starting immediately.
  • Facebook is also adding support for Microsoft Teams later this year.

The big picture: Facebook is investing heavily in hardware. After finding itself highly dependent on Apple and Google in the mobile realm, the company aims have a more central role on the next generation of devices, including VR and AR headsets, as well as communications devices such as Portal.

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